North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents are known for causing devastating injuries. This is due to the fact that a motorcycle offers very little protection from the impact of other vehicles and the pavement. Motorcyclists are also more prone to accidents caused by inclement weather and poor road conditions. Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents often involve serious head injuries, broken bones, spinal injuries, and even wrongful death. Statistics report that there were 4,976 motorcyclists killed and 88,000 victims injured in 2015 alone. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to speak with a North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer from our team as soon as possible. You could be compensated for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, and more.
It is important to realize that while motorcycles may have decreased visibility due to their size, this is never an excuse for a negligent motorist to cause an accident. Also, motorcyclists are often unfairly stereotyped as speeding, reckless drivers. We understand that this is far from the truth.
In addition to poor road and weather conditions, we also commonly see motorcycle accidents caused by other drivers who are:
- Not adhering to traffic laws;
- Under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
If another motorist was driving negligently and caused an accident, they should be held responsible for their negligent actions. In order to prove a case of negligence, certain elements must be present. For starters, the defendant must have had a duty to the plaintiff to act responsibly or, in this case, to drive in a safe and a responsible manner. Additionally, the defendant’s breach of that duty must have caused the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.
Often the injuries sustained by bikers in a motorcycle accident involve a head injury or traumatic brain injury. North Carolina has laws that were specifically created to keep motorcyclists safe. One of these is the helmet law. In North Carolina, all motorcyclists are required to wear a helmet. Unfortunately, even with this safety measure in place, serious injuries still occur. A serious head injury or traumatic brain injury can be very debilitating. This injury can include memory loss, cognitive problems, communication problems, coma and even death. Our North Carolina motorcycle injury attorneys also commonly see broken bones, spinal injuries and paralysis with motorcycle accidents.
We understand that these accidents are life altering. In the blink of an eye, a victim’s life is changed forever. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be unable to work, unable to care for your family, and unable to go about your usual daily activities. Additionally, the medical bills for a serious injury can be astronomical. The good news is, if your accident was caused by a negligent party, one of our motorcycle accident lawyers may be able to help you recover the following damages:
- Medical expenses (past and future);
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Loss of spousal relations;
- Property damages; and
- Punitive damages (where the defendant’s actions were particularly egregious).
Contact a North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer from our office today. Our legal team will immediately set to work gathering evidence and investigating your case. Often with these types of accidents, evidence is quickly lost, and witnesses’ memories fade. A North Carolina motorcycle accident attorney will set to work creating a plan of action to ensure that your rights are protected and you get the compensation you and your family deserve.
At Paynter Law, our focus is to provide you with prompt and professional legal guidance. We are dedicated to helping our clients receive the justice and compensation that they deserve. It is important to not delay, as there are strict filing deadlines that must be followed to pursue a claim. If you fail to file a claim by the time allowed by the statute of limitations, you will be barred from filing a lawsuit. Call today and schedule a free consultation to learn more about your rights and options.